India’s computer sales up 33 percent in first quarter

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) India’s personal computer sales touched 2.2 million in the first quarter of this year, registering a growth of an impressive 33 percent, says IDC, a leading technology consultancy and think tank.

Among the various segments, desktop computers accounted for nearly two-thirds of the total sales at 1.44 million units, representing an 18 percent growth, while notebook sales were up 72 percent with 803,000 thousand.

Overall, the impressive performance in the January-March quarter saw the sales of personal computers during fiscal 2009-10 log a 7.6 percent growth, on the back of a 8.1-percent decline in the previous fiscal.

‘Continued consumer confidence and revival of growth in the economy, led to the January-March 2010 quarter experiencing an upward trend in consumer personal computer shipments,’ said Anirban Banerjee, associate vice president with IDC India.

‘The commercial segment, especially large and very large businesses, also saw a demand growth. This performance underscores a more broad based recovery in the India personal computer market.’

In the overall personal computer market, including notebooks and desktops, Hewlett Packard retained the top spot with a market share of 16.5 percent, followed by Dell (13.6 percent) and Acer (13 percent).

In desktops, too, HP was the top player with a market share of 11.2 percent, followed by Acer and HCL. In notebooks, HP reclaimed the top spot with a market share of 25.9 percent, followed by Dell and Acer.

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